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The Economics Program at E-town

Economics looks at how societies use limited resources. Understanding economics gives you an understanding of the world around you and the broad issues that affect you every day. As an Economics major at E-town College, you will have the opportunity to study economic theory and learn qualitative tools, communication skills and research methods.

Economics includes microeconomics and macroeconomics, mathematical economics, probability and statistics, econometrics, and calculus. Economics students at E-town are guided through their four years by highly qualified professors who have a history in research and practice in the field. Our students graduate fully prepared for a career in economics and business.

Why Economics at E-town College?

E-town has much to offer economics students! We have a nationally recognized program —see, for example,  the Barron’s Guide to Most Prestigious Colleges, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and Princeton Review’s Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges. We have several student clubs for economics students, including Omicron Delta Epsilon, Enactus (formerly SIFE), which won the Northeastern Regional Finalist Award at the national competition 21 years in a row, and business honor societies.

The opportunities don’t end there. Though our Economics program is located in Pennsylvania, you can study abroad in Europe, Asia or Latin America for a semester or even a year, and participate in short-term study tours to Geneva, Prague and China. No matter how rigorous the course load, students at E-town can always make time for traveling abroad even if it’s only for a few weeks. From semester-long programs, to short-term study trips through the Department of Business, you’ll be sure to find a program that lets you experience and learn economics in a foreign setting. Our department also sponsors trips to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia.

If you need something to do while you’re not off exploring the world, there are plenty of chances to do something meaningful while on campus. Most E-town students conduct research with their professors at some point during their four years. Whether that is an Independent Study, or an Honors-in-the-Discipline project, economics students have numerous opportunities to work with faculty on research projects and present their findings at annual conferences at E-town and elsewhere. You could even get published in journals and various other publications.

We place a lot of emphasis on real-world learning and practical experience to best prepare our students for life and work after graduation. If you are interested in finance, you will have the opportunity to manage a real investment portfolio. The Trostle Investment Portfolio (TIP) is designed to provide experience with managing an investment fund for the college. This will include creating and managing a diversified portfolio of stocks.

What can you do with an Economics degree?

A Bachelor of Arts in Economics prepares students for entry into the business field, the public sector, and graduate studies in business, law and economics.

E-town students do very well after graduation. According to our latest alumni survey, 99.4% of Department of Business graduates were employed full-time or enrolled full-time in graduate school within 8 months of graduation.

Learn more about the Economics major

Interested in sitting in on a class, meeting the Economics faculty and talking to current students? Schedule a visit to E-town College! In addition to getting a glimpse of department life, you’ll be able to take a tour of our 200 acre campus and facilities!


Student Breakfast with Muhammad Yunus 04-05-12
Elizabethtown College economics students participated in a breakfast with
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus on April 5, 2012.


2009 Carper Lecture by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz

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